Gazing Upward, and Dreaming...
Because we're all space cadets, at heart.
|Our Previous Night Out|
|Date:||Monday Dec 2 2013|
|Conditions:||Clear, calm, -5 degrees|
It's Jupiter Time!
Ahh... Jupiter, king of the planets. In reality, it's a giant gas bag, the solar system's vacuum cleaner, constantly inhaling wayward objects with its enormous gravitational influence. We had the pleasure tonight of viewing Jupiter for the first time this fall. We hope to view the giant planet all winter. When looking through the eyepiece of our telescope, be prepared to enter a world of wonder. In our age of Hubble images, nothing yet compares to seeing the night sky with your own eyes, through a telescope.
Here's what our 10-inch telescope reveals:
On Jan 5, Jupiter is at opposition, which is usually the best time to see it. If anyone lives on Jupiter-- which I find somewhat doubtful-- they're in for a treat on Jan 5: they'll see the Earth and Moon pass across the face of the Sun. Transits, as they're called, happen all the time in our solar system. We often see Jupiter's moons, and their shadows, passing across the planet's face. Here's a great shot of the shadows of Io and Ganymede crossing Jupiter on Jan 3 2013: